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    More on Marshall Faulk from Fox Sports

    Here was a tidbit on Faulk that Fox Sports had. There is a stat inside of here that at the end of this paste I will have to say was a stat that was absolutely unbelievable for a RB.

    The occasion of Marshall Faulk's retirement is a good time to look back at Rams offenses of the recent past and recognize that for all the talk through the Vermeil and Martz eras about the "Greatest Show on Turf" and an aerial attack that would match the greatest of all time, the versatility of their running back was the engine that made it all go. From 1999-2001, St. Louis' offense led the NFL in points, yards and offensive DVOA each season. Faulk gained over 2,000 total yards in each of those seasons, and he did so in 1998 as well in his last year with the Colts. In 1999, he did the Roger Craig thing and gained over 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving. The next season was his greatest, as he finished first in DPAR, DVOA, Success Rate, and total touchdowns, and he won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. 2001 brought his third straight Offensive Player of the Year award and the Rams went to their second Super Bowl in three years.

    In 2002, St. Louis finished 7-9, while Faulk missed two games and rushed for only 953 yards. His DPAR and DVOA ranks dropped to the low teens. While his team rebounded in 2003 to go 12-4, Faulk was done with great seasons. He was still productive, but he would no longer be the supernatural force he had been. The Rams responded by drafting Oregon State running back Steven Jackson in the first round. As Jackson's carries increased, Faulk became less of a presence. He bottomed out with 65 carries for 292 yards in 2005, though he still caught 44 passes. A knee injury stole his 2006 season, led to a gig with the NFL Network, and marked his eventual decision to hang 'em up.

    Faulk will be remembered as the greatest rushing/receiving combination back in history. His 12,279 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns would be Canton material alone, but when you add in the 767 receptions the names directly beneath his on that list are James Lofton, Charlie Joiner and Michael Irvin his greatness really comes into focus.

    What's most intriguing about the current Rams, and Faulk's replacement, is that Jackson appears to be just as versatile and productive as his predecessor. In this third season, Jackson broke Faulk's record for receptions by a running back with 90, and he led the league in total yards from scrimmage. This in a different offense, with a different quarterback, and a different head coach. No matter who the Rams are or what they do, the purpose of their running back is clear do it all, and do it as well as anyone.

    James Lofton, Charlie Joyner and Michael Irvin had LESS receptions than Marshall Faulk?

    28 never ceases to amaze me.

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    Re: More on Marshall Faulk from Fox Sports

    WOW ...... something positive about the Rams from a network. Wonders never cease. Watching game tape from those seasons, 99 - 01, takes on new meaning now that I can look back and just watch the games with no worry about the outcome.

    The guy was simply superman on cleats during that time.

    What an amazing run !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I think John Madden said this, and it's true: "Marshall Faulk is one of the best receivers in the game, and he's a running back. That is what makes him so dangerous."

    Actually, he may have said that in Madden 2002, but I know HE said still applies.


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